Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is being investigated over worker death at U.S. warehouse
The incident took place on June 1st at an Amazon fulfillment center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jody Rhoads passed away at the age of 52 when the machinery she was operating to move pallets crashed into shelving and pinned her.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jody’s family and loves ones,” stated an Amazon spokeswoman. “We are actively working with OSHA to investigate this tragedy.”
Yesterday, OSHA issued its findings on the investigation into the work conditions revolving around the death of a 57-year-old Ronald Smith. Smith died in December after being crushed by machinery at a sort facility in New Jersey owned by Amazon.com, but operated by a separate company.
There were five companies cited for violations related to Smith’s death, but Amazon.com was not listed. Genco, a logistics company hired by Amazon to manage the facility and four staffing agencies, are each facing penalties of $6,000 for “failure to perform a hazard assessment of the facility before assigning employees to determine if hazards existed.”
Genco will also be fined $6,000 for failing to confirm that an assessment had been done.